Cheesy Bread

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A cross between garlic bread and pizza, cheesy bread is a quick, easy, and delicious party snack.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house.

One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle’s is this “cheesy bread”, a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza. It’s a great way to help feed a lot of hungry people, and easy to pull together, even at the last minute.

I’ve shown them sliced, but you could easily cut them crosswise again for smaller appetizer bites. But watch out, they’re addictive!

Have a variation of cheesy bread that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!

Cheesy Bread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 20 slices

This recipe can easily be doubled or scaled up to make even more.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese (1 cup)
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onion (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (1/4 cup, 2 ounces), softened to the point of being slightly melted
  • 1 loaf of French or Italian bread (I used Ciabatta)

Method

1 Make the cheesy topping: In a small bowl, mix the butter and garlic together until smooth. In a separate large bowl, mix together the cheeses and the green onion. Stir in the mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the butter mixture to the cheese mixture.

2 Spread cheese over bread: Preheat broiler. Slice loaf of bread in half horizontally, lay crust side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread cheese mixture over the bread.

3 Place under the broiler until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.

4 Slice: Remove from broiler and let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slice the bread with a bread knife. Serve.

Variations:

Try mixing in other ingredients with the topping mixture, such as chopped black olives, chopped canned artichoke hearts, minced shrimp, or crab meat.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Constance

    I made Cheesy Bread for a Euchre Tournament last night and everyone loved the bread. I added a bit more sour cream and mayo. It was YUMMY! I am making for another party next weekend. I might back off on how much of the mixture I put on the bread. It will still be good. Fewer calories.

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  • Beverly

    Mayonaise substitute ? I have found that I can use plain Ranch Dressing…or even Bacon Ranch Dressing, or Spicy Ranch Dressing in this recipe and any other similar recipe that calls for mayo.(I hate mayo, too) Just add a bit more cheese to thicken the liquidity of the dressing. Of course, this is changing the author’s original recipe…but it keeps mayo opposers happy !

  • Maya

    Goodness. I partnered the bread with a roasted tomato and basil soup. This bread knocked the dinner out of the park. Thank you!!

  • San

    Love this bread. I saute the garlic in the butter a little to mellow out the garlic taste. And it’s “freezable” the first time I just froze the cheese, then I made it on the bread and froze the whole thing. Ready to go in the oven in a moments notice.

  • Sue

    My boyfriend hates mayonnaise. Can I use extra sour cream in it’s place?

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